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Will the?referrer be a trigger for duplicate content

 9:21 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)


In my quest to clean up any possible Google misinterpretations I've found a couple of URLs indexed by Google but which do not exist on my site. A site owner that has a couple of ads on his site for me has "very kindly" appended a?sitename-referrer to my URL so I can easily see clicks from his site on my logs.

Google has definately indexed these URLs and they do appear in SERPs for certain searches.

The question is will these be seen as duplicates. Google sees them as unique URLs but the content is my home page and is therefore a duplicate. I've asked for the?referrer bit to be removed just to be on the safe side but would very much appreciate opinions on whether this may be part of my decimated ranking problem.

Many thanks




 11:12 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

My original post:

And the answer that has worked:

[edited by: vrtlw at 11:17 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2004]


 11:28 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thinking to myself.......

Rule #1: Don't feed the trolls.

We don't need to do anything to satisfy GoogleBot, but it sure helps out if we can do our best to not be penalized in our efforts to produce better results in the search engine results (not just for google).


 11:41 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Fine words - now let's get on with the discussion.


 5:59 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I did that, changed very fast. Now blah.com/?ref=blah redirects to blah.com/ . How this helps.


 6:46 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I did that, changed very fast.

I saw changes within a few (maybe 5) days


 9:12 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I saw changes within a few (maybe 5) days


Thanks for the pointers. I've added the suggested code to my .htaccess file with fingers crossed re possible misinterpretation as cloaking.

When you say "changes" what exactly happened?

Best wishes



 9:19 am on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

The entries were removed from the SERPS

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